From the editors of American Nurseryman • October 18, 2012

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Welcome to 'Sprout,' American Nurseryman's e-newsletter published on the first and third Thursdays of each month. For even more, be sure to read our October issue.

New Plant IntroductionsIt’s New Plants time!
The deadline is looming: October 31 is the date to submit your best introductions for American Nurseryman’s annual New Plant Introductions issue. If your fabulous new plant truly is new to U.S. commercial trade, we want to include it. Just download the form (click below), fill it in, attach a high-res image and send it along. It’s easy—and it’s free! Remember: The deadline is October 31, so don’t delay. And don’t miss the National Green Centre’s Plant Fashion show January 6 in St. Louis!
Download a form here> Check out Plant Fashion here>

New Plant IntroductionsWhich plants thrive on green roofs?
Research at the University of Cincinnati has revealed that an Ohio native and a European visitor have proved themselves worthy of life at the penthouse level: North American Allium cernuum and European Sedum acre fared best when tested on green roof applications. Three other natives—Aster ericoides, Euphorbia corollata and Lysimachia lanceolata—did not survive when rainwater was the only source of moisture. We’re sure they gave it the old college try, however. (Photo courtesy of Dottie Stover) Read more>

Hedera helix ‘Minigreen’‘Minigreen’ Ivy of the Year
Hedera helix ‘Minigreen’—an itty bitty ivy—has been named Ivy of the Year 2013 by the American Ivy Society. ‘Minigreen’ is a miniature, bird’s foot-shaped selection; according to the Society, its lobes resemble a bird’s tracks in the snow. Read more>


CanHorta AllianceBioWorks teams with CanHorta
BioWorks Inc. has partnered with CanHorta Alliance for the non-exclusive distribution of the company’s products in Canada, including RootShield®, RootShield® Plus, BotaniGard®, MilStop® and CEASE®. The CanHorta Canadian Horticulture Alliance is a Canadian distribution organization formed by three leading horticultural distributors: Plant Products Co., MGS Horticultural and Terralink Horticulture. Read more>

CanHorta AllianceOnline “stock market”
Nursery Stock Select, a new online tool launched by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, connects nursery and landscape wholesale buyers and growers with easy-to-use drop-down menus that help visitors search by grower, plant or region. Growers update their own information, so availability data are kept current. The site went live on October 1, and a demonstration will be available at the 2013 CENTS Marketplace in Columbus in January. Read more>

Contests, Drawings and such

Green Spaces Makes Great PlacesToro announces community grant program
To help improve outdoor environments like neighborhood parks, playgrounds and other great spaces, Toro has launched “Green Spaces Makes Great Places.” This all-new, community grant program will be awarding $15,000 to communities and non-profits to improve landscapes across America. Toro is asking the public to nominate non-profit organizations—501(c)(3) or government entities like state or city park and recreation divisions, conservation divisions, and public educational entities—that are doing great work to beautify and maintain green spaces. Online entries must be submitted by October 31—a popular date, eh? Find more here>

Growers Supply productsGrowers Supply photo contest
How do you use your Growers Supply products? Snap a photo, send it to the company and you may win up to $500. To participate, submit at least three high-quality photos of your Growers Supply products and state what you like about them. The company’s looking for striking images of products purchased from Growers Supply. These images should show the product in use. Growers Supply asks that you send the highest resolution images possible (4 x 6 prints or 300 dpi digital images). Submit your files in your digital camera’s original format (i.e., .jpeg, .tiff, .png). The deadline is November 30. Read more>

Direct SolutionsDirect Solutions & PLANET offer unique opportunity
Headed to GIE next week? Direct Solutions and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) have announced that two lucky 2012 GIE+EXPO attendees will be offered a mentoring and business learning opportunity through the PLANET Trailblazer program. Attendees who visit the Direct Solutions booth at the GIE+EXPO, Oct. 24-26 in Louisville, Ky., will be able to enter a drawing for an experience with the PLANET Trailblazer program. This PLANET-member education program enables participants to spend a day learning business-boosting advice and techniques from a mentoring Trailblazer, an industry leader who shares knowledge about building long-term business success with other members. Direct Solutions is sponsoring travel expenses and related costs for the Trailblazer to visit the winners’ businesses or vice versa for a day of learning and networking. Read more>

America in BloomAmerica in Bloom launches photo contest
America in Bloom is holding its first-ever “Planting Pride Photo Contest: Capturing the Spirit of America in Bloom.” Photos will be categorized into seven criteria: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, environmental efforts, heritage preservation, overall impression, and community involvement. The contest runs through June 1, 2013, to allow for photographs to represent the changing weather seasons. Public online voting will take place from June 2 to August 31 with winners announced in September 2013 during the America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Program in Orlando, Florida. Read more>

People News

Brandon JonesJones named APLD Designer of the Year
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers has named Brandon Jones, principal designer and director of design for Glen Gate Co., Wilton, Conn., 2012 “International Landscape Designer of the Year.” Jones’ award-winning project was selected out of 65 entries and was noted for its “understated elegance and simplistic serenity.” Read more>

Peter OshanaOshana joins Ruppert
Peter Oshana has joined Ruppert Landscape as business development manager in the company’s Forestville Landscape Management Branch, Forestville, Md. Read more>


Grant RundbladeRundblade joins Masterblend/Tyler Enterprises
Grant Rundblade has joined Masterblend International / Tyler Enterprises as part of the company’s turf products sales team. Rundblade will serve the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas. Read more>


Harlan HamernikHarlan Hamernik
Harlan Hamernik, 76, noted Nebraska plantsman and founder of Bluebird Nursery and HH Wild Plums Nursery, passed October 15. Read more>


Dr. Robert L. TicknorDr. Robert L. Ticknor
Dr. Robert L. Ticknor, 85, Oregon State University research horticulturist (retired), passed Sept. 24. Read more>


Ned JaquithNed Jaquith
Ned Jaquith, 73, owner of Bamboo Garden Nursery, North Plains, Ore., passed Sept. 26. Read more>

Hot Products

Sedum ‘Desert Blonde‘Desert Blonde’ sedum
Sedum ‘Desert Blonde’ from Terra Nova Nurseries has blue-green leaves, multiple crowns the first year, and very short stems. Its creamy yellow flowers mature to soft red seed heads. Bred for vigorous basal branching and good garden performance, ‘Desert Blonde’ is perfect for mixed beds, borders and dry gardens. It requires good drainage and full sun exposure for optimal performance. The bloom time for this variety is August and September. ‘Desert Blonde’ grows well in zones 4 to 10, and its average size is 11 inches wide by 8 inches high with a 9-inch flower height. Read more>

Model 2550XP self-propelled stump grinderBeltless stump grinder
Bandit Industries introduces the new Model 2550XP self-propelled stump grinder, available with up to 44 horsepower. Featuring beltless hydrostatic direct-drive and available with up to 44 horsepower, the Model 2550XP sets all-new standards for stump grinder production, reliability, chip containment, and low maintenance. Compared to similar stump grinders with traditional belt drive, the Model 2550XP typically has a significantly lower cost-of-ownership through reduced maintenance needs and less downtime. Read more>

SustaneSuståne for home gardeners
Suståne products has launched a line of organic plant foods for home gardener use, which will be available to independent garden centers beginning in 2013. The products include Compost Tea Bags, 4-6-4 All Natural Flower & Vegetable Plant Food and 8-2-4 All Natural Lawn & Landscape Plant Food. The new lineup will be distributed to IGCs and greenhouse operations by BFG/Wetzel. Additionally, Organic Mechanics Potting Soil will be distributing Suståne products to Whole Foods stores and 240 independent garden centers in the Northeast. Read more>

Front-mounted snowblowerFront-mounted snowblower
Pray for snow: Sheyenne Tooling and Manufacturing has introduced its new 600CT snowblower for compact tractors, featuring the industry’s first concentric-axis design, meaning the impeller and auger rotate on the same shaft to improve performance and reduce maintenance concerns. Additionally, the standard quick-attach, front-mount design of the blower allows full articulation of the loader’s arms during operation. The 600CT has a 74-inch cutting width and a 28-inch cutting height for managing tall drifts and snow piles. The 18-inch, four-blade impeller rotates the same direction as the auger to effectively direct snow into the discharge chute. Read more>

Landscape trailer accessoriesLandscape trailer accessories
If organization’s not your strong suit, try Buyers Products’ line of professional landscape trailer accessories, designed to organize, secure and transport landscaping tools. The line includes: locking trimmer racks, multi-purpose rack, backpack blower racks, gas can racks, water cooler rack, hand tool rack, trimmer line spool bracket and an EZ Gate™ tailgate assist. All of the landscape trailer accessories are designed to use trailer bed space efficiently and keep contractor’s trailers organized and clutter-free. Additionally, several of the accessories keep tools safe and protected with secure locking mechanisms. Locks are sold separately. Read more>

Link to irrigation prosLink to irrigation pros
Hunter Industries has launched a handy program that links homeowners to qualified landscape and irrigation professionals within a 30-mile radius of home. The manufacturer invested in a database of more than 50,000 contractors and distributors who carry the Hunter Industry product line and maintain knowledge in hydraulics, soil composition, system layouts, and water requirements. Enter the appropriate information, and a Hunter Industries expert will connect professional with potential contract. Read more>

One-pallet display for IGCsOne-pallet display for IGCs
The Page Seed Co./Page’s Seeds and the Myers Industries Lawn & Garden Group (LGG) Consumer Products Segment have partnered to create the IGC Cornerstone Growth Program, offering IGCs “a chance to have top-selling products that fit their specific customer needs and price points, but which will be exclusive to their segment of the retail market,” according to an LGG representative. The best of both companies can be combined in a convenient, pre-assembled, one-pallet display that’s ready to start selling right out of the box. Nifty! Read more>

Universal skid steer adapterUniversal skid steer adapter
A universal skid steer adapter for standard pin-on loaders is now available from Worksaver Inc., to increase pin-on loader productivity by converting to the skid steer attachment. The unit is 54 inches wide and 21.5 inches high and can be paired with standard pin-on brackets or interfacing brackets from Worksaver. This adapter features an all-welded design, plates handles, springs and locking pins. The universal skid steer adapter allows older loaders with pin-on buckets to be updated to the skid steer attaching method. Customers can easily switch attachments between a skid steer loader and a tractor loader. Read more>

Finally: Boo to you!

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Sustainable Landscape Planning: The Reconnection AgendaBuy this book!
Sustainable Landscape Planning: The Reconnection Agenda. Sounds serious, doesn’t it? This book takes as its starting point the need to examine critically the case for landscape reconnection. It looks at alleged disconnections and their supposed consequences. It explores the arguments about reconnecting the natural and human elements of whole landscapes. More broadly, it considers landscape as an arena within which science, humanities and professions can find common ground, and in which vivid social learning can occur about key social and environmental issues. It takes a dynamic view of landscape, in contrast to the popular image of timeless, traditional scenery. It accepts that even the most cherished cultural landscapes will change and, indeed, it views “change drivers” as a potentially positive means of creating new connectivities between people and place. It recognizes the growing interest in promoting resilience and ecosystem services across extensive landscapes—such as by creating new “space” for water and wildlife. Read more>

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